'Southern comfort', with five candidates from area elected
IT COULD be something in the water, but south Wexford yielded more than its fair share of candidates in the local elections.
Fine Gael's Jim Moore lives in Kilmore Quay and Frank Staples, in Ballycogley, Sinn Fein's Mick Roche (pictured), in Bridgetown, People Before Profit's Deirdre Wadding, in Kilrane and Independent Ger Carthy, in Our Lady's Island.
All were elected, giving the area five voices out of 10 in the new-look Wexford Electoral Area.
'It was a pretty daunting task to be honest,' said Jim, although the rural areas were more forgiving of coalition candidates from the rural areas than those from the urbans where Fine Gael failed to gain any traction.
Jim Moore said it was no coincidence that candidates from the area had done so well.
'We once had a republic down here,' he said, 'perhaps we could break away again,' a reference to the barony of Forth and Bargy which came into existence following the Anglo-Norman invasion.
Commenting on the election of two Fine Gael councillors, out of five the party put up, Jim Moore said it was a mistake to field five when the coalition government was so unpopular. He said local issues included the future of Rosslare Europort and the state of roads in the rural area. Two candidates from the south Wexford area who failed to make the cut were Labour's Bernie Mullen and Independent Jane Johnstone, despite the active support of Minister Brendan Howlin for Bernie and Independent Mick Wallace for Jane.